Great weather, wine tour and visit to Mount Etna . Had a lunch that tied with the lunch at Corinth, made me wonder if the Italians and the Greeks weren't trying to outdo each other in the way of cuisine at lunch for cruise ship guests. Excellent ship excursion.
Visited: Nov 23, 2018
Hired car and driver (who did not speak much English, but enough we understood what each other needed). Went to Syracuse the most beautiful church, SantuariobMaDonna Dille LaCrime, then to the Archimedes Park Museum lots of old rocks and caves.
Visited: Nov 23, 2018
This is the only port where we did an excursion. Catania itself does not look very nice and I am glad we made this decision. Went to Mt. Etna, which was spectacular. It looks like you are on the moon! Then we visited Taormina for about 2 hours. The drive was great and it is perched on a hill. Beautiful town.
Visited: Sep 18, 2018
This was somewhat emotional for me as my Grandfather lived in Cefalu, Sicily. I attempted to see if I could drive there, but it was 3 hours from Catania. Oh well, I’ll have to make it for another trip. We went in the Taormina tour. This is a town built way up in the mountains of Sicily. Did I mention Sicily is very mountainous. My Etna is the tallest active volcano/mountain in Europe, again, or so I’m told! Taormina was beautiful, but be prepared to take a bus ride going up switchbacks. Make sure your camera is ready! Loy of good photo opps as you head up the mountain. Bring a hat! The weather in April can be hot on a clear day like we had. The bus actually parked in a garage and you took an elevator up 7 floors to get to the town level. What a cool little town. All of the people in our ports of call are/were terrific for putting up with the cruise tours that descended upon them, but the Italian people stood out in Heart. They just make you feel so much at home. However, don’t drive there. I’ve never seen driving like this.....ever! 😱.
A total slum apart from the town square
Visited: Jul 18, 2019
I think an excursion to Mount Etna is a good call, its fascinating to see an active volcano and just what happens when it flows down the mountainside, as it did a few decades ago.
Visited: Oct 01, 2019
Raw Italy. That sums this up quite well. There is a lot of personality and history in the "football" of Italy. Get out and explore!
Visited: May 11, 2019
Excursion: Taormina & the Grecian-Roman Theatre. Pleasant drive to the city perched on a terrace overlooking the sea. Pedestrian only with plenty of cafes and shops. Lovely scenic drive. Could see mount Etna in the distance.
Visited: Apr 07, 2019
One of the most depressing ports I’ve ever been to. Visited on a Sunday and absolutely nothing open. Take excursion and get out of town. Took excursion to Taormina. About an hour from port a lovely walled city with stunning views. Great shopping, even on a Sunday! The amphitheater is the big draw here, but didn’t have time to visit.
Visited: Aug 29, 2019
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